August 2020 UPDATE: COVID-19 Response.  All fall 2020 classes will be online.  

Upcoming classes are listed below. Please email  with questions.  Aimee can also be reached at 612-237-6505.

Events and Registration

Mediation Center training can be tailored for organizations or groups. Please call Aimee Gourlay 612-237-6505 for more information.

This six day ONLINE forty hour family mediation skills training program is for professionals who want to add family mediation to their skill set. This training provides a family mediation structure, and emphasizes mediator tools and strategies for facilitating effective communication and resolution. Karen Irvin, PhD LMFT with Aimee Gourlay JD and guest speakers provide participants with a positive approach to addressing family issues which can reduce tension and help create tailored, durable solutions. 40-Hour training includes a mixture of media presentations, demonstrations of family mediation sessions, skills practice, hands-on exercises, role-plays and real life examples. 40-Hour training also includes the psycho-dynamics of divorce, family law, ethical concerns in family mediation and six hours of domestic violence training. Experienced mediators will give guidance and feedback to mediation participants during and after role-play mediation sessions.
This class is certified by the MN Supreme Court and provides the opportunity to become a qualified family facilitative neutral under the General Rules of Practice for the District Courts Rule 114.
  • 40 Hour Family Mediation Skills
    October 15, 2020 - October 24, 2020
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Details Price Qty
40 Hour Family Mediation Skills $1,595.00 (USD)   Expired

Event Phone: 612-237-6505

with Andrea Niemi, JD, and Karen Irvin, PhD, LMFT
November 17, 18, 19, & 20, 2020
9:00 am-5:00 pm each day
Cost: $1,245.00
Location: ONLINE – ZOOM

22 standard & 2 ethics CLE/ 24 Rule 114 CE credits applied for
27 MN Board MFT approved CE credits

This 4-day training is designed to teach the basics of the Parenting Time Expediting (PTE) and Parenting Consulting (PC) processes, while clarifying the distinctions between PTE and  PC services in Minnesota, and highlighting the similarities. The trainers will introduce the standards, protocols and best practices for PTE and PC processes, provide examples of applicable statutes and rules, and discuss the importance of model appointing orders and model fee agreements for both services. The training also includes Rule 114 provisions and ethics (current and proposed), court decisions pertaining to PTE and PC, issues that arise and techniques for addressing them, drafting summaries and decisions, domestic abuse in the context of PTE and PC, and best practices for conducting these often challenging processes.

Experienced trainers and ADR practitioners Karen Irvin, PhD, LMFT, and Andrea Niemi, JD, instruct participants on handling high conflict parents through the PTE and PC processes. Trainers will cover:

  • the roles of the Parenting Time Expeditor (PTE) and the Parenting Consultant (PC), and the differences between the two distinct roles,
  • family dynamics in separation and divorce,
  • developmental needs of children,
  • emotional and psychological dynamics of parents and children in high conflict situations,
  • the PTE statute, Minn. Stat. § 518.1751
  • sample documents relevant to the processes, such as appointing orders,
  • orienting parties to the process,
  • managing the processes, including decision making,
  • fees and billing,
  • protocols, standards and best practices, and
  • avoiding and handling complaints.

Please note: the PTE and PC Training sessions are now one combined training. It has been the trainers’ experience that it is imperative that neutrals clearly understand the distinctions between the two, even if you don’t anticipate providing both services. As prior members of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Ethics Board, Andrea and Karen have seen the results of confusion for professionals engaged in the providing services, for parties in need of the services, and for courts issuing orders for services. You will be much better prepared to practice as a PTE, a PC, or both, with this training.

Prerequisite: 40-Hour Family Mediation Training

For more information about our trainers, please click on Karen Irvin, PhD, LMFT, or Andrea Niemi, JD.

Out of respect for unforeseen schedule conflicts, Mediation Center will transfer a participant into another training, less a 20% processing fee, so long as the participant notifies the Center up to seven days before the start of the training. There is a maximum of two transfers per registration. Mediation Center recognizes there are unforeseen events, schedule conflicts, and family emergencies in each of our lives. Out of respect for the above, please review our policy on accommodating participants who need to cancel:

  1. Full refund up to 30 days before the start of the training less a 20% processing fee.
  2. 50% refund up to 14 days before the start of the training.
  3. No refund 14 days or less before the start of the training.

Note that during the pandemic exceptions to the transfer and cancellation policy will be made on a case-by-case basis.  Please contact Aimee Gourlay prior to the first day of class for consideration of a waiver for COVID-19 related reasons. 

  • Parenting Time Expediting/Parenting Consulting
    November 17, 2020 - November 20, 2020
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Details Price Qty
Parenting Time Expediting/Parenting Consulting Training - Registration $1,245.00 (USD)